Most contracts allow you an inspection period; therefore, you want to take advantage of this period. It does cost you money in the beginning, but it can save you thousands in the end. I always recommend that all Buyers have inspections completed to their satisfaction. Unfortunately, no inspection, completed by a general home inspector or a specialist, is 100% guaranteed. Complete all inspections to your satisfaction. If you are not 100% satisfied, consider getting a second opinion.
Inspections on a home can be completed by a General Home Inspector. There are several home inspectors in this area. Usually, the general home inspectors do not cost as much as a specialists. They have a general knowlege of homes. Be sure to interview these Home Inspectors to determine their experience in the field, the cost of their services, and their availability to complete the inspection during your contracted inspection period.
Specialists can cost more than a general home inspector, but they also have a specialized knowledge instead of a general knowledge. They are the electricians, the plumbers, the engineers, the structural engineers, the mold specialists, the heating and air contractors, the surveyors, the laboratories, the general contractors, the radon specialists, and the roofing contractors, to name a few. The best place to locate a reputable specialist is by references from friends, co-workers, family, or professionals. Their phone numbers can be found by using the phone book or by the internet. Be sure to interview these specialists to determine their experience in the field, the cost of their services, and their availability to complete the inspection during your contracted inspection period.